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Lists the various WWE wrestlers who are currently part of the WWE NXT Developmental System. Please limit associated tropes to that wrestler's time in WWE.
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Television rosterContains Superstars who have made their debut and currently appear regularly and primarily on NXT's weekly show.
Finn Balor (Fergal Devitt)
Boa (Yanbo Wang)
- Air Guitar: Rocks out for the crowd and gives encore on his air guitar.
- Careful with That Axe: Surely you wouldn't expect a huge guy like Bugez to let out high-pitched, almost falsetto screams.
- '80s Hair: He rocks a glorious mullet.
- Large Ham: Eric has no inside voice, being always intense.
- Porn Stache: As an ''80 rocker' character, he has a bushy mustache.
Tommaso Ciampa (Tommaso Whitney)
Dominik Dijakovic (Christopher Dijak)
- Alliterative Name: Dominik Dijakovic.
- Catchphrase: "Feast your eyes!"
- Finishing Move: "Feast Your Eyes". An Argentine rack transitioned into a knee lift to the forehead. Basically, it's what you would get if a Burning Hammer, Attitude Adjustment, and GTS performed a Fusion Dance.
- The Giant: 6'7', 270 lbs., guaranteed to wreck your day.
- Lightning Bruiser: Is way more agile than should be expected or, indeed, allowed for a man his size. Can perform backflips off the middle turnbuckle and springboard suicide planchas off the top rope. Again - he's 6'7", 270. Dominik Dijakovic's rules are not your rules.
- The Rival: Keith Lee, another large man with physics-defying agility.
- Worthy Opponent: The series between the two, with both men beating seven shades of hell out of each other, fostered a mutual respect between the two.
Johnny Gargano (John Anthony Nicholas Gargano)
Angel Garza (Humberto Garza Solano)
- Battle Strip: Hides the standard-issue wrestling briefs under a pair of long tear-away pants. Typically stops in the middle of a match after he's downed his opponent to show the goods. Hilariously, this is always treated by the announcers and audience as scandalous even though half the male wrestlers wrestle in briefs. Tends to garner a certain reaction from certain segments of the crowd, though.
- Bullying a Dragon: Decided at one point to pick a fight with Tommaso Ciampa. For perspective, this was immediately after Ciampa went down to the ring and backed down the entire Undisputed Era. Now, Garza was new, and maybe he hadn't seen the sadism Ciampa was capable of in previous years. But if the dominant Power Stable with all the championship belts and a penchant for gang beatings won't fight a guy, that should be a giant red flag that he's not somebody you want to piss off.
- Dashing Hispanic: Even as a villain.
- Tournament Arc: Debuted in the 2019 NXT Breakout Tournament
- Wrestling Family: The Garza family has boasted several professional wrestlers that are famous both in America and their native Mexico. Humberto Carillo, who has wrestled in NXT and on 205 Live, is his second cousin.
Cameron Grimes (Trevor Caddell)
- Carpet of Virility: Sports noticeably thick chest hair along with his Badass Beard.
- Goomba Stomp: His Finishing Move. No, seriously. Look at it.
- Meaningful Name: "Grimes" refers to his physical, one could almost argue 'dirty' style of wrestling. "Cameron" is a Shout-Out to his birthplace of Cameron, North Carolina.
- Nice Hat: Sets off his otherwise rather unassuming ring gear with one of these.
- Red Baron: "The Technical Savage"
- Squash Match: Uncommonly for non-monster heel types, he's been on the giving end of a couple of these. Once beat Sean Maluta with one move in just under 8 seconds.
Kushida (Yujiro Kushida)
Jordan Myles (Albert Hardy, Jr.)
Dexter Lumis (Samuel Shaw)
Mansoor (Mansoor Al-Shehail)
- Breakout Character: Of the Saudi Arabian recruits picked during the Greatest Royal Rumble events, Mansoor quickly attracted the wrestling fans' attention.
- A Hero to His Hometown: WWE leans on this heavily. As the first and (so far) only Saudi WWE superstar, whenever WWE holds events in Saudi Arabia (a couple of times a year), he makes an appearance, and typically receives a pop as loud as WWE's globally famous main-eventers. At the 2019 Crown Jewel, he even got to beat Cesaro completely clean.
- Jobber: Typically, his appearances end with him looking at the lights.
Damian Priest (Luis Martínez)
- Big Applesauce: From New York City. Vignettes of him living the high life are implied to be from here.
- Expy: His gimmick bears a strong resemblance to the one Baron Corbin was using during his NXT run.
- Fame Through Infamy: His whole gimmick.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Cheaply won a match against Pete Dunne by kicking him in the balls while the ref was preoccupied with ducking out of the way from ending up a little too close to the action. The next time they fought and Priest found himself with a similar opportunity, he tried to repeat the trick, only for Dunne to block it and punt Priest below the belt as hard as humanly possible. Fingore ensued.
- Red Baron: "The Archer of Infamy".
Bronson Reed (Jermaine Haley)
Kona Reeves (Noah Pang-Potjes)
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: Via Dye Hard.
- Enemy Mine: When a match between him and Rich Swann is interrupted by SAnitY, Reeves and Swann attempt to fight the psychotic group off together but are quickly beaten down.
- The Fighting Narcissist: He's rather proud of his looks and thinks that he's a much bigger star than he is.
- Informed Attractiveness: While Kona styles himself as being a handsome guy, he doesn't really look that special.
- Finishing Move: The Hawaiian Drop, a modified Samoan Drop where he releases the opponent early so they land face first.
- Red Baron: "The Finest".
- Slasher Smile: Tends to flash a very creepy and evil looking grin, which the announcers and the other wrestlers find unnerving.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He thinks of himself as one of the "finest" superstars in NXT, when in reality he is barely above the level of jobber and all of his "fine" things are cheap knock-off brands.
Matt Riddle (Matthew Riddle)
Arturo Ruas (Adrian Jaoude)
Lio Rush (Lionel Green)
Isaiah "Swerve" Scott (Stephon Strickland)
Shane Thorne (Shane Veryzer)
- Jerkass: Especially after his tag team split.
- Land Down Under: He is from Australia.
- Put on a Bus: After Shane Thorne suffered a knee injury in early 2017, he was viciously attacked by The Revival post-match to explain his absence for surgery. Nick Miller also disappeared from TV despite still being able to compete.
- The Bus Came Back: They returned in early 2018 and set out to show NXT what they are truly made of after their first run was cut short by Shane's injury. Again in 2019 after Nick Miller asked for and was granted his release - Shane showed up several months later as a singles competitor with a tweaked gimmick and a few new tattoos.
The Velveteen Dream (Patrick Clark)
Joaquin Wilde (Michael Paris)
- You Look Familiar: If you watched early 2010's TNA, you may recognize him as former X-Division competitor and one-time champion Zema Ion.
Aliyah (Nhooph Al-Areebi)
- Arc Villain: The main antagonist of NXT's women's division for much of the late 2010s.
- Arch-Enemy: With both Dakota Kai and Kairi Sane which led to both of them teaming up against Shayna.
- Dakota was Shayna's personal punching bag, having tormented her in her debut match. Since then, Dakota was unable to do anything whenever Shayna was around to the point in their second match, Dakota failed to put up any offense. In their third match, while Dakota still lost, she managed to fare better than her previous matches.
- The two had fought since the Mae Young Classics Finals in which Kairi won. In 2018, Shayna made her debut by attacking Kairi and defeated her in February. They continue to feud over the NXT Women's Championship in the second half of the year. While Shayna did drop her title to Kairi, she eventually reclaimed it and defeated Kairi in all their following encounters until Kairi moved to the main roster.
- Badass Bisexual: Baszler is openly bisexual and her combat credentials speak for itself.
- Batman Gambit: Her bully persona is partially this. NXT Women's Champion Ember Moon had a particular strong sense of justice, so Shayna realized that offending that sense of justice was a great way to incite Ember to challenge her and in the process give Shayna a free title match.
- The Bully: Her main pastimes include picking on people weaker than her, looming over people smaller than her, and intentionally injuring her opponents.
- Catchphrase: It's not pushed all the time like WWE typically does, but she's become associated with the phrase "Tap, Nap, or Snap".note
- Combat Medic: ...No, seriously. In Real Life, she's a certified EMT - which, along with her MMA/wrestling credentials makes her a literal Combat Medic.
- Cool Shades: When not in ring gear.
- The Corrupter: Through her multiple victories over Dakota Kai and Io Shirai, Shayna not only broke them but also turned them heel.
- Determinator: While she is something of a Combat Pragmatist and doesn't seem to have any qualms about having backup, when it comes down to it a lot of her successful title defenses have seen her take more than her fair share of a beating and outlast her opponent long enough to induce a submission.
- Distaff Counterpart: A Minnesota-born wrestler with an MMA background, much like Brock Lesnar.
- The Dreaded: Much like Brock Lesnar, Baszler's accomplishments in the world of MMA give her an intimidating aura. Her penchant for attempting to snap the limbs of her opponents also causes many of the other women to be terrified of her.
- Establishing Character Moment:
- Girl Posse: Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir were often seen in the crowd at WWE events in 2018 supporting either Baszler or Ronda Rousey during their respective matches. note At NXT Takeover: Brooklyn IV, Duke and Shafir actively interfered in Baszler's rematch with Kairi Sane, helping the former regain the title. Since then, they accompany Baszler onscreen everywhere.
- Hero Killer: She boasted about how she not only defeated the likes of Ember Moon, Nikki Cross and Kairi Sane, she destroyed two of them at their final NXT matches. In the case of Kairi Sane, she nearly broke her arm by stomping on it. She also ended Bianca Belair's 367 days undefeated streak and defeated Io Shirai twice, and turning Shirai into a Broken Ace in the process. Then, her fourth victory of Dakota Kai, just a week after the announcement of the first ever women's WarGames is the start of Dakota's FaceHeel Turn, especially that Mia Yum was chosen over her by Rhea Ripley.
- Hypocrite: She called out Mia Yim for attacking Jessamine and Marina from the back, something that she is an expert in especially since she debuted in NXT choking out Kairi Sane.
- Invincible Villain: Since her debut in the Mae Young Classic (losing to Kairi Sane in the final), Shayna has only lost in single matches by pinfall twice on televised events and TakeOvers (Ember Moon in Philadelphia and Kairi Sane again in Brooklyn 4) but she eventually won back against them in rematches. With the inclusion of both Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir at her side, she is even more unstoppable. In addition, not only she is the first two time NXT Women's Champion, she is also the second person after Asuka to hold the title for over a year. The arrival of Rhea Ripley ended up changing this.
- Kick the Dog: Shayna's ruthlessness is probably equal to that of Charlotte Flair in the number of dogs they kicked. From breaking Dakota Kai's morale, nearly breaking her opponents' arms and laughing at their injury, Shayna makes her name as the greatest heel in the NXT women's locker room.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Tried to use handcuffs to her advantage against Rhea Ripley at WarGames 2019. Ripley used those handcuffs to beat Shayna in the same match.
- Mixed Ancestry: Her father being German descent while her mother being Chinese.
- Red Baron: "The Queen of Spades" and "The Submission Magician".
- Slasher Smile: Prone to giving these a lot during promos.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Was merely a bit of an asshole in her MYC appearance, but turned into a borderline sociopath once she's in NXT.
- Villainous Valour: Slips in and out of this. She's often seen taking shortcuts when it suits her - but that genuinely seems to be more a function of laziness ("I don't feel like dealing with this") or arrogance ("You're not worth my time"). When she feels like squaring up and fighting (typically during a Takeover match), she will do so.
Bianca BelAir (Bianca Crawford, nee Blair)
- Alliterative Name: Bianca BelAir.
- Amazonian Beauty: Look at those abs...
- Armor-Piercing Slap: Tough and badass you may be, but taking that braid across bare skin hurts like hell. And sounds like it does, too.
- Braids of Action: Occasionally uses her very long hair to whip her opponents.
- Catchphrase: "Girl."
- Combat Pragmatist: Ain't No Rule, apparently, that states that you can't use your hair as a weapon.
- Finishing Move: Currently using an Argentine Rack dropped into a Facebuster dubbed the KOD (Kiss of Death) she previously used the Alley-Oop and the Spear.
- Happily Married: to Montez Ford.
- Lightning Bruiser: Tall and lean but very well-muscled (again, look at those abs...) She's strong enough to perform her KOD finisher on multiple women at once. She's also a former track sprinter that can bust out a 450 splash from the top rope.
- Older Than They Look: Her in-ring look, mannerisms, and relative inexperience in pro wrestling aren't quite indicative of a 30-year-old.
- Rapunzel Hair: A very long braid that hangs all the way down to her knees.
- Red Baron "The EST of NXT", as in fastest, strongest, etc.
- Signature Move: The Spear, which she previously used as a finisher. And there is also her hair whip.
- Whip It Good: Has a habit of using her hair to whip opponents in the face. It looks pretty badass. Downplayed more recently, as she relies more on her skill and athleticism than the hair gimmick as of late.
- Wild Card/Tweener: Possesses the requisite heel nastiness and arrogance as well as a moveset, crowd-working ability, and Determinator attributes that lean more toward what is typical of WWE faces. As such, she's been able to serve as this to NXT's Women's Division. A perfect example of this is her interactions with Shayna Baszler, as she's both competed as a babyface against Shayna and served as a member of Shayna's heel team in a War Games match without really changing her character.
Vanessa Borne (Danielle Kamela)
- '80s Hair: Her hair is styled like she was at GLOW during their heyday.
- Ambiguously Brown: Due to her Mixed Ancestry - she has Samoan heritage through one of her parents. It took a while before her Samoan ancestry was brought up, which was unsurprisingly after she used a Samoan Drop.
- Boisterous Weakling: And how. Most of her NXT career has consisted of her getting herself into trouble, usually by challenging someone tougher than she is. Seems to have only gotten worse once she teamed up with Aaliyah.
- Cool Teacher: Was trained by Rikishi and Gangrel (incidentally, the same two guys that trained Rusev.)
- Jobber: She is pretty solidly at the bottom of the NXT women's division, with even Aliyah having more wins than her.
- Red Baron: "The Vision"
Taynara (Taynara Melo de Carvalho)
- Catchphrase: "Latinas do it better!".
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: She's a brown skinned Latina with dyed blonde hair.
- Friendly Rivalry: With Xia Li, another female wrestler whise gimmick heavily incorporates martial arts. They have teamed up and fought each other, and got on pretty well on both occasions.
- I Know Judo: Her real-life background as a black belt level judoka (as well as Brazilian jiu-jitsu practicioner) is played up much more as of 2018. Her ring attire is based very loosely on a judoka gi, and for a while she actually came down to the ring wearing one - black belt included.
- Light Is Not Good: Despite her relatively girlish appearance and bright outfits, there appears to be something sinister in her nature, which was hinted in the Mae Young Classic and culminated in her helping The Undisputed Era.
- Oh, Crap!: Upon realizing just how bad of an idea it is to attack Nikki Cross and piss her off, Taynara panics and runs like death itself is chasing her.
- Only One Name: Used to go by "Taynara Conti" until late 2019.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After the Undisputed Era convinces her to attack Nikki, they abandon Taynara and back out of whatever deal they struck with her, having succeeded in their plans to further screw with SAnitY.
- Co-Dragons: She and Marina Shafir are Shayna Baszler's cronies.
- Statuesque Stunner: Stands 5'11". That's an inch taller than Charlotte Flair, who easily towers over most of her contemporaries in the main roster's Women's Division.
- Those Two Bad Guys: She and Marina Shafir, as detailed in Co-Dragons above. They are also mostly seen together.
Dakota Kai (Cheree Crowley)
- Arch-Enemy: Dakota has been tormented by Shayna Baszler since the start of 2018, being Shayna's first victim in her NXT debut match. Following encounters had Shayna intimidating Dakota to the point she couldn't do anything. During a tittle match against Shayna a few months later, Dakota was too scared to fight and lost the match without putting up much offense. The feud eventually has Dakota allying with Io Shirai and Shayna's other rival, Kairi Sane, and Taking a Level in Badass by the time of their third match (she still lost, but put Baszler through a lot more punishment along the way).
- Break the Cutie:
- Dakota's entire ordeal of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of Shayna Baszler, culminating in a spirited but unambiguous defeat at Baszler's hands. Bianca Belair seems to be stepping into the role of Kai's next tormentor.
- After spending nearly the whole of 2019 recovering from a torn ACL, Dakota returns hoping to capture the NXT Women's Championship, only for her return to be overshadowed by her friend Tegan Nox, who also returned from a long injury. When the first women's WarGames was announced, Dakota was hoping to be one of Rhea Ripley's team only for Mia Yim to take her place, especially after she lost to Shayna for the fourth time. Even when Dakota was reinserted back into the match, she attacked Tegan and gave Team Ripley a 2-4 disadvantage.
- Cavalry Betrayal: At NXT: TakeOver WarGames 2019. She was drafted to Rhea Ripley's WarGames team after a mystery assailant took out Mia Yim before the PPV started. But after she was let out of the cage, she attacked her friend Tegan Nox, leaving her unable to compete, and left Ripley and Candice LeRae to face a four-on-two numbers disadvantage. And then she later revealed she was the one who took out Mia so she could get herself into position for this.
- Creepy Souvenir: Since becoming a heel she has taken to coming to the ring with Tegan Nox's knee brace, which she ripped off her leg at WarGames.
- Distaff Counterpart: The suddenness and vicious physicality of her FaceHeel Turn, as well as her post-betrayal behavior (including said betrayal being symbolically represented in part by a knee brace) is taking some obvious cues from the now-infamous heel turn of Tommaso Ciampa from a couple of years back.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Perhaps not coincidentally, her hair is styled very differently during the night of her FaceHeel Turn.
- FaceHeel Turn: Viciously attacking her friend Tegan for seemingly no reason, including removing her knee brace to attack her surgically-repaired leg. The commentary team were aghast. And that was after she hospitalized Mia Yim so she could take her place on Team Ripley.
- Finishing Move: The Kairopractor (a sunset flip into a double knee backbreaker). She previously used a double foot stomp from the top rope. After returning from injury, she adopted a finisher called "Go To Kick" which is similar to the GTS but involves her kicking with her foot instead of her knee.
- Jobber: Her first appearance in NXT was being squashed by Nia Jax in 2015 before signing in 2017.
- Kick Chick: Her offense includes a ton of kicks, to the point where she is called the Captain of Team Kick.
- Oh, Crap!: She is clearly scared out of her mind whenever Shayna Baszler appears, as Shayna had previously attempted to break her arm during a match that kept her sidelined for weeks.
- Precision F-Strike: After her FaceHeel Turn. Production truck cut that, but after viciously attacking Tegan Nox, Kai called Rhea Ripley and Candice LeRae "filthy cunts."
- Signature Move: A pair of running Big Boots to a cornered opponent. One while the opponent is standing, followed by another while the opponent is sitting.
- Waif-Fu: As one of the smallest women in WWE, her opponents nearly always have a size advantage on her. Needless to say, that doesn't prevent Dakota from kicking the crap out of them.
Candice LeRae (Candice Gargano)
Xia Li (Zhao Xia)
- Ascended Extra: Downplayed, but Xia was one of several NXT wrestlers who showed up for the 2019 Women's Royal Rumble match, and since then has gradually moved up the card after primarily working house shows for most of her time with the company.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She is respectful to both allies and opponents so long as they do not disrespect her. Notably, she opened her fights during the Mae Young Classic by bowing to her opponents. But insult or slap her and she'll remind you that she's a highly-trained martial artist whose kicks pack a punch.
- Boyish Short Hair: She has a short bob cut and throws a mean kick.
- Combat Hand Fan: She walks to the ring with such a fan, although she's never used it as a weapon.
- Friendly Rivalry: With Taynara Conti, another female NXT wrestler whose gimmick incorporates martial arts (judo, in her case). They have fought together and opposite each other, and gotten along fairly well each time.
- I Know Karate: As the announcers never hesitate to remind you, she knows kung fu, taekwondo and other martial arts. She incorporates such moves into her fighting style.
- Kick Chick: Uses kicks a lot in her moveset, with some variation of a kick usually functioning as her Finishing Move.
- Minidress of Power: Generally wears one as part of her ring gear.
Tegan Nox (Steffanie Newell)
- Et Tu, Brute?: Was viciously beat down by her friend Dakota Kai and left unable to compete at WarGames. According to a tweet she made a day or two later, the emotional pain of it was worse than the physical. Which really says something, given that the physical pain had left her screaming bloody murder and resulted in her being unable to compete.
- Game-Breaking Injury: Has had serious issues with her knees, where consecutive freak injuries in the Mae Young Classic kept her out of the ring for the better part of two years. (Invariably, this gets worked into Kayfabe where Heel opponents will always go after her knees.) Dakota Kai exploited this for huge heat during her FaceHeel Turn, which basically consisted of a few attacks followed by about 30 seconds of Kai rapid-fire-slamming a cage door onto Nox's knee in a frenzy.
- Tag Team: Returned as part of one with Dakota Kai.
- A Shared Suffering: Both of them had knee injuries within a few months of each other and did rehab training together, sparking up a friendship.
- Determinator: As the commentators put it, she gets her ass kicked pillar to post, but each time she shows up she looks just a little bit better.
- Red Baron: "The Virtuosa".
- Took a Level in Badass: In 2018 as she began to be booked a bit stronger and had her Red Baron from the indies acknowledged. She made it to the quarterfinals of the 2018 Mae Young Classic.
Io Shirai (Masami Odate)
- The Ace: In Real Life. While she is heralded as being among the three best female wrestlers in the world alongside Kairi Sane and Mayu Iwatani by Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Newsletter, some magazines outright call her "arguably the best wrestler in the world regardless of gender" and a "treasure of female wrestling".
- Arch-Enemy: Io had been helping out Kairi against her feud with Shayna Bazler and her fellow Horsewoman ever since her NXT debut. Even after Kairi moved to the main roster, Io continued to feud with them, as a revenge for Shayna almost breaking Kairi's arm on her last match at NXT.
- Ax-Crazy: After her FaceHeel Turn, she sort of... well, lost it a little bit.
- Badass Adorable: Outdone by Kairi Sane in the Adorable department, but still qualifies. As for the Badass... she's one of the only three women to have ever pinned Shayna Baszler, and as with any other wrestler, can kick a lot of ass in Real Life.
- Bare Your Midriff: As per usual in women's wrestling.
- Big Damn Heroes: At Takeover: Wargames II, running in to support Kairi Sane after a failed attempt to do so already by Dakota Kai. While Sane would eventually lose the match, Shirai succeeded in neutralizing Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir from their constant interference in the match.
- Break the Cutie: Was forced to watch her best friend get her arm broken kayfabe-wise. Then her new ally, Candice LeRae, also was jumped and beaten by the Horsewomen. Then the Horsewomen interfered in her match at TakeOver XXV, allowing Shayna Baszler to pick up the win, thus denying her the opportunity to prove that she's the best and avenge Kairi and everyone else on the roster who's been tormented by Baszler. Let's just say Shayna's celebration didn't last long... Ultimately, one more loss to Baszler in a Steel Cage match proved to be the final straw as Io snapped on Candice.
- Call-Back: During an interview, she mentions that she and Kairi Sane are good friends, referring to their on-off rivalry and friendship at World Wonder Ring Stardom.
- Cool Mask: Io and her sister Mio were former Luchadors in Mexico, wearing cat-like masks. She continues to wear her mask in WWE during her entrances before removing it after posing at the turnbuckle.
- Evil Costume Switch: Went from outfits like the one pictured above to wearing a lot more black after her FaceHeel Turn.
- Evil Wears Black: Her Evil Costume Switch above saw her ditch her colorful wrestling gears in favor of black leather.
- FaceHeel Turn: Devastated after narrowly losing to Baszler in a cage match for the NXT Women's Championship, Shirai turned her wrath on friend Candace LaRae, suplexing her onto an open chair.
- Finishing Move: As a Face, a very beautiful Moonsault in which she gets lots of hang time. As a Heel, her moonsault seems to have morphed - perhaps by design - to a lower-angle rotation that favors landing impact over height.
- Fridge Horror: She was forced to watch her best friend get her arm broken in kayfabe. A few months prior, she had to watch her suffer through an acute anaphylactic shock that could've killed her in Real Life. One can only imagine how painful it must be for Io to even think of any harm coming Kairi's way, even if in a show.
- The Glomp: Not as bad as Bayley, but since allying with Kairi Sane and Dakota Kai, she loves to hug them tightly.
- Hero-Worshipper: Rey Mysterio Jr. is her favorite wrestler and she even has 619 as part of her moveset.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Kairi Sane.
- Hidden Depths: Behind the unhinged and callous woman Io became since her FaceHeel Turn lies a devastated soul with a broken pride who can't accept that her failure to defeat Shayna Baszler is entirely her own fault.
- As a heel, she also plays to the crowd rather a lot, perhaps indicating that she misses their approval/acceptance despite her assertions to the contrary. She also still clearly holds a soft spot for WWE uber-Face Rey Mysterio, as she is seen using the Tiger Feint Kick (aka the 619) as a Signature Move.
- I Have the High Ground: She is known as the "Genius of the Sky" and uses a Diving Moonsault as her finisher.
- Lightning Bruiser: You wouldn't expect a high-flyer like Io to do jacknife suplexes and Piledrivers off the ring apron.
- Ms. Fanservice: Io did a lot of gravure photoshoots in Japan as a part of Stardom, but she never shied away from showing more skin than some of the other women, to the point where she did completely nude (but censored) shoots. She even appeared in a JAV at one point! (in a non-sexual role)
- Red Baron: The Genius of the Sky.
- Slasher Smile: After turning heel.
- Sky Pirate: When teaming with the "Pirate Princess" Kairi Sane, they are called the "Sky Pirates".
- Villain Protagonist: Has a compelling reason for her FaceHeel Turn, a point to prove and a core drive for her actions, as well as some Hidden Depths, despite being a heel.
Mia Yim (Stephanie Bell)
- Anti-Hero: Her feud with Shayna Baszler saw her evolve into a Combat Pragmatist often seen using the same brutal sneak attack tactics employed by heels. In her case, though, it's partly out of necessity as Shayna's Girl Posse tends to get involved in her matches, and she was very concerned with standing up for the trainees and other wrestlers Shayna was bullying all the time.
- Attack Hello: Has snuck up on Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke like this. In Duke's case, she didn't even see Mia until after the latter slammed her arm in a gym locker.
- Finishing Move: An Inverted Stomp Facebreaker that she uses to pay homage to Gail Kim. She calls it Seoul Food (later renamed to Eat Defeat).
- Mixed Ancestry: She's African-American on her father's side and Korean on her mother's. She calls herself the "Blasian Baddie" due to this.
- Precision F-Strike:
- Red Baron: The HBIC, or "Head Baddie In Charge". Also Blasian Baddie.
- Romance on the Set: She's dating Keith Lee.
- Slobs vs. Snobs: Mia has a lot of urban, inner-city affect about her, such as her baseball cap and scarf entrance gear and speech manmerisms, and expresses pride in her background by calling herself "the rose that grew from concrete". On the flipside, some of the heels in the NXT women's locker room (namely Vanessa Borne and Aliyah and Shayna Baszler) look down on her for it and call her a street rat or some such.
- Tomboyish Baseball Cap: Wears one as part of her entrance.
- Tournament Arc: Debuted in the 2017 Mae Young Classic. Came back in 2018 for a return tour shortly before signing to NXT as a full-time competitor.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She does.
Tag Teams and Stables
As a Team
- Boring, but Practical: Their gimmick is just two tough dudes that like knocking your face in.
- Crowd Chant: "ONE-TWO!" *clap* *clap* Originated from their, uh... creative signature poses (one guy holds up one finger, the other two). Could also refer to the "one-two", as in "punches."
- Expy/Spiritual Successor: Their unassuming appearances and no-frills approach to competition brings to mind The Revival.
- Fan Nickname: Sort of? They're sometimes called the "Brit-Am Brawlers" after how Mauro Ranallo refers to them often but it doesn't seem to be their actual team name, assuming they even have one.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Both are firmly under the Cruiserweight threshold - but they hit hard and don't have much problem throwing guys larger than themselves around the ring.
Danny Burch (Martin Harris)
- Face of a Thug: He looks like a London gangster.
- Red Baron: On the new NXT UK spinoff, he's known as "The Guv'nor"
- The Rival: To Oney Lorcan.
- Tag Team: After several matches worth of beating the crap out of each other, he and Lorcan came to respect the other's toughness so much that they decided, "why not team up and beat the crap out of everybody else?"
Oney Lorcan (Christopher Girard)
- Blood Knight: He loves a good fight.
- Bully Hunter: Went after Andrade "Cien" Almas for pushing around Hoho Lun in the gym, and when Lars Sullivan began targeting No Way Jose, Oney got pissed off and challenged him to a match.
- Dark Is Not Evil: He looks scary and is a brutal fighter but he's actually cast as a good guy at heart, standing up for people that get picked on in the locker room.
- FaceHeel Turn: Seems to have had one on 205 Live, where he beat the crap out of an exhausted Cedric Alexander for... accidentally stepping on his jacket during a match? (To be fair, he was already very obviously pissed off at having lost to Alexander a couple of weeks previously.)
- Face of a Thug: Has one of the nastiest looking scowls in WWE.
- Glass Cannon: Relatively small in stature but can hit very hard.
- Signature Move: A running blockbuster and a blockbuster from the top rope. He also tends to grab people by the face and slap the shit out of them.
- Kiai: Usually followed with a vicious elbow.
- Worthy Opponent: After he beat Danny Burch and then Burch beat him, the two gained a lot of respect for each other and decided to try becoming a tag team.
As a Team
- Arc Words: "Do unto others."
- Badass Biker: They're not seen riding bikes to the ring but there's a very clear Sons of Anarchy aesthetic to their looks and ring attire.
- Beard of Evil: All of them.
- Power Trio
Wesley Blake (Cory Weston)
- Bash Brothers: With Murphy until they went on a losing streak and broke up.
- Cowboy: From San Antonio, Texas at that.
- Fun with Acronyms: The sometimes-used team name of Blake-Alexa-Murphy Factor. Ironically this could have still fit anyway as Blake And Murphy Factor if Alexa weren't involved.
- Last-Name Basis: He and Murphy started being announced to the ring this way since winning the tag straps up until they split. His canonical first name Wesley was almost never used during this time.
- Level Grinding: Believe it or not, their progress as a jobber tag team saw them quietly edge ever closer to victory as time went on before they finally broke through and became more effective.
- Real Men Wear Pink: And they also put their hair in pigtails.
- Those Two Guys: With Buddy Murphy, before they became the Tag Team Champions.
- Took a Level in Badass: They went from jobbers to the Tag Team Champions in two weeks.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: After separating from Murphy and Bliss (the latter of whom was drafted to the Smackdown roster) and embarking on a singles career he suddenly became a lot more arrogant. And given the type of personalities BAMF had, this is saying quite a bit.
- Two Guys and a Girl: With Murphy and Alexa Bliss.
- Wild Card: He and Murphy both won and defended the tag titles before making anything close to a statement either way on the face and heel scale.
- The Worf Barrage: How many of their matches came across when they were jobbers. They could hang with the Lucha Dragons and the Vaudevillains in the ring, they just could never put them down for three.
Steve Cutler (Tommy Maclin)
- Semper Fi: Maclin was a legit former Marine before becoming a professional wrestler. This carried over into Cutler's wrestling "character."
Jaxson Ryker (Chad Lail)
- The Leader: Seems to be set up to be this. He's the newest member of NXT out of the three, seems to have been deliberately given an attempt at an Awesome Mc Coolname (Jaxson Ryker?) The other two seem to defer to him once a singles match comes along, and the storyline implications give the impression that Blake and Cutler were wandering aimlessly until Ryker showed up (which, when you look at their NXT careers, isn't exactly wrong.)
- You Look Familiar: Formerly known as TNA's Gunner.
Riddick Moss (Michael Rallis) & Tino Sabatelli (Sabatino Piscitelli)
- "Awesome McCool" Name: Riddick Moss.
- Friendly Rivalry: With one another at the Performance Center.
- Jerkass: Nearly every appearance of theirs involve them antagonizing and mocking somebody for no reason other than that they enjoy it.
- Jerk Jock: Both are former college football defensive players, with Sabby having made it to the NFL, and are among the highest achievers in Performance Center workout/training drills.
- Jobber: They are at the bottom of the NXT tag team division, with their handful of wins only coming from cheating.
- Put on a Bus: Sabatelli tore his pec in April 2018 and had to be shelved for surgery, which in turn left Riddick Moss in the wind. Neither have been seen much since.
- Rich Bitch: Your stock big money athlete with nice suits and fancy cars in tag team form.
- The Rival: Their first major rivals seem to be the Street Profits. Now if only they could actually beat them
- Small Name, Big Ego: Due to their past as rich football players, they see themselves as above everyone else in NXT, even though they are constantly losing.
As a Team
- Expy: Can be considered one to Cryme Tyme, only without obvious criminal tendencies. Also shows some traits of the original Prime Time Players.
- Iconic Item: Red cups, as a reference to rappers who drink alcohol or lean from similar cups.
- Life of the Party: They bring the party with them to the ring.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Hyped-up Ford and chill Dawkins, respectively.
Angelo Dawkins (Gary Gordon)
- Berserk Button: Messing with his headbands.
- Cavalier Competitor: Despite always jobbing, he calmly waits for the next opportunity. His WWE.com bio hints that he's more of a Spirited Competitor, but it's really not showing right now on NXT. This really irritated Sawyer Fulton while they were teaming.
- Hidden Depths: He's a former championship athlete in his college sports days. The way he calmly talks about waiting for another opportunity sounds similar to many a non-descript, sanitized post-game interview. Sawyer Fulton's growing fatigue with his sterile professionalism at all times eventually led to them breaking up.
- Hipster: Formerly. This was dropped in favor of an amateur wrestling gimmick when he started teaming with Sawyer Fulton.
- Jobber: Though he seems oddly cool about it. After teaming with Ford, he finally starts picking up victories as part of the Street Profits.
- Red Baron: Adopted "The Curse of Greatness" as his moniker after splitting from Sawyer Fulton.
Montez Ford (Kenneth Crawford)
- Cool Crown: Seen wearing one sometimes.
- Cool Shades: He wears them basically everywhere except during matches.
- Finishing Move: A frog splash, which he gets some extreme height on due to his athleticism.
- Genki Guy: Apparently, he has unlimited energy, as he bounces around the arena to celebrate his victories.
- Happily Married: to Bianca Belair.
- In a Single Bound: No, seriously, watch his frog splash or top rope dives. It's noted fairly often on commentary that Ford has one of the highest (if not the highest) vertical leaps on the NXT roster.
- Large Ham: Compared to the more laid-back Dawkins, Ford is constantly hype.
- Romance on the Set: Married to Bianca Bel Air, whom he met while training in NXT.
Adam Cole (Austin Jenkins)
Bobby Fish (Robert Anthony Fish)
Kyle O'Reilly (Kyle Greenwood)
Roderick Strong (Christopher Lindsey)
NXT House Show talentContains Superstars who have yet to become full-time members of either NXT television roster and primarily work house shows. If they do show up on-screen it is mainly as a jobber or for short storylines.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: His debut in the Greatest Royal Rumble wasn't followed up by an NXT TV appearance or...at all, really. He hasn't been seen since.
- The Giant: 6'10" and well over 300 pounds.
- Unexpected Character: Debuted in the Greatest Royal Rumble in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, despite not even having made a proper debut on NXT TV yet.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: After several weeks of hype, he debuted on NXT only to get the crap kicked out of him by a rampaging Samoa Joe, and hasn't been seen since. (Apparently he's transitioned into a trainer's role, though whether it's permanent remains to be seen.)
- Expy: From a background standpoint, Baron Corbin. Both men are about the same size, and both have the similar background of being fringe offensive linemen in the NFL before wrestling.
- Identical Stranger: Take Simon Miller from What Culture Wrestling, make him bigger (and Simon's already not a small lad) and you've basically got Dan Matha.
- Negated Moment of Awesome: Whether or not it would've actually been "awesome" is anyone's guess - but NXT spent a good month or two airing vignettes hyping up his debut and having the commentary team put him over. When the day finally came, he came out to the ring only to get his ass kicked by Samoa Joe before whatever opponent he would have had could show up. He hasn't been seen on the show since.
Jeet Rama (Satender Ved Pal)
Taishan Dong (Dong Jianjun)
Kavita Devi (Kavita Dalai)
- Girlish Pigtails: Styles her hair in pigtails to add to her "nerdy girl" image.
- Nerd Glasses: Again, her gimmick is a nerdy girl, so glasses are a given.
Reina Gonzalez (Victoria Gonzalez)
MJ Jenkins (Monique Jenkins)
- Red Baron: "The Golden Star".
Blue Pants (Leva Bates)
- Ascended Extra: She was initially brought on to job to Carmella, but somehow managed to get so over with the crowd that she was given more matches and eventually showed up at Takeover: Brooklyn.
- Atrocious Alias: Seriously, Blue Pants? THAT was the best they could come up with for her?
- Big Damn Heroes: Showed up at the last minute to help the Vaudevillains deal with Alexa Bliss during their title match at Takeover: Brooklyn.
- "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Her entrance music is a recording of Big Cass singing the theme from The Price Is Right.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": No one has even tried to ask if she has a name or identity outside the nickname Enzo and Cass gave her.
- Handicapped Badass: She's partially deaf.
- Mauve Shirt: Need to get someone quick heat? Bring Blue Pants in and have the heel destroy her.
- Role-Ending Misdemeanor: Possibly. According to rumor, the reason she disappeared from shows was because she got drunk and mouthed off to WWE management. Leva herself has denied this, and appeared on NXT a few weeks after the "news" with a new theme. Either way, she hasn't appeared since mid 2015.
- Whole Costume Reference: Her outfit initially drew comparisons to old X-Men uniforms, what with essentially being a Kitty Pryde cosplay with the X belt removed, but after the release of Fallout4, it was slightly adjusted to match the vault boy outfit.